In this tutorial, we will look at how to plot a pandas series values as a histogram.

## Pandas Series as Histogram

To plot a pandas series, you can use the pandas series `plot()`

function. It plots a line chart of the series values by default but you can specify the type of chart to plot using the `kind`

parameter. To plot a histogram, pass `'hist'`

to the `kind`

paramter. The following is the syntax:

# histogram using pandas series plot() s.plot(kind='hist')

Here, s is the pandas series you want to plot. The pandas series `plot()`

function returns a matplotlib axes object to which you can add additional formatting.

## Examples

Let’s look at some examples of plotting a pandas series values as a histogram. First, we’ll create a sample pandas series which we will be using throughout this tutorial.

import pandas as pd # scores in the Math class math_scores = pd.Series(data=[72, 41, 65, 63, 82, 63, 51, 57, 39, 63, 62, 68, 52, 76, 62, 73, 72, 73, 71, 62, 76, 53, 71, 79, 77, 35, 65, 59, 58, 70, 73, 69, 59, 75, 73, 63, 65, 81, 46, 59, 53, 71, 79, 80, 60, 60, 64, 40, 73, 75, 68, 58, 81, 65, 55, 62, 82, 47, 85, 62, 39, 77, 82, 78, 57, 58, 72, 75, 65, 68, 86, 49, 39, 64, 54, 68, 85, 77, 62, 53, 52, 76, 80, 84, 69, 61, 69, 65, 89, 97, 71, 61, 77, 40, 83, 52, 78, 54, 64, 58], name='Scores') # display the series head print(math_scores.head())

Output:

0 72 1 41 2 65 3 63 4 82 Name: Scores, dtype: int64

You can see the top five values of the series object above. We now have a pandas series containing the scores of students in a Math class.

### 1. Plot Histogram of Series Values

To create a histogram from the series values we’ll pass `kind='hist'`

to the pandas series `plot()`

function. For example, let’s see its usage on the “math_scores” series created above.

math_scores.plot(kind='hist')

Output:

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The above histogram show that a large number of students got scores between 60 to 80. Note that the resulting plot is a matplotlib histogram chart.

For more on the pandas series plot() function, refer to its documentation.

### 2. Customize the plot formatting

You can also customize the formatting of the chart. For instance, you can add the axes labels, chart title, change colors and fonts, etc. Since the returned plot is a matplotlib axes object, you can apply any formatting that would work with matplotlib charts.

Let’s go ahead and add the x-axis label and title to our plot.

# create the histogram ax = math_scores.plot(kind='hist') # set the x-axis label ax.set_xlabel("Scores") # set the title ax.set_title("Distribution of Math Scores of the Class")

Output:

You can see in the above chart has “Scores” as its x-axis label, and “Distribution of Math Scores of the Class” as its title.

For more on histograms and their formatting in matplotlib, refer to our tutorial on matplotlib histograms.

With this, we come to the end of this tutorial. The code examples and results presented in this tutorial have been implemented in a Jupyter Notebook with a python (version 3.8.3) kernel having pandas version 1.0.5

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